FACT Mix by Alex Nut

It’s not my intention to cover all the mixtapes from FACT Magazine, but recently they outperform themselves with every new week. The latest highlight comes from Alex Nut, an exceptional DJ, head of Eglo Records and host of the Mixed Nuts radio show.

FACT Mix #44 (download)
01. Nadsroic – All Hot
02. Martyn – Seventy Four
03. Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie
04. Om Unit – Cradle
05. Floating Points – JW Beat
06. Joker & Jinz – Purple City
07. Noah D – Serrriousss
08. Newham Generals – I Heard You Been Smoking
09. Ras G – 5 AM Spliff
10. Joker – Digi Design (Om Unit remix)
11. Dam Funk – Chocolate
12. Dudley Perkins – Yo Soul
13. Floating Points – For You
14. Computer Jay – Epiphany
15. Fatima & Pursuit Grooves – Are You Satisfied
16. LL Smooth Criminal – Turf Talk

If you’re looking for more of this, get your hands on Alex’ Rinse 08 CD or tune into his Mixed Nuts show on Rinse FM every Saturday.

New Mayer Hawthorne Video

While the second Mayer Hawthorne single Maybe So, Maybe No is nearing its release, his debut release Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out finally got a video.

Mayer is still touring through the U.S. and Canada together with James Pants, Peanut Butter Wolf and Dâm-Funk.

Update On-Point TV had the chance to speak with Mayer about his music, his influences and his working method. Guaranteed niceness!

Weekly Bits 17/2009

My favourite mixtape this week comes from from Berlin’s Robot Koch, who is responsible for the second Brainfeeder Podcast. This sample-laden mix features a variety of styles from jazz to folk, afrofunk and some obscurities. Highly recommended!

Stones Throw is about to release a new single from soul-singer Mayer Hawthorne and for that occasion they’re giving away a free MP3 of Maybe So, Maybe No. Also, Mayer joined Gilles Peterson for a conversation on the all new Worldwide Podcast.

A new edition of Shook Magazine is finally out. Subscribers should have it in the mailbox by now, while the rest should be able to order a copy starting next week!

The book Designed by Machine was previously featured on this blog, but only now it is available from selected bookshops. I have spotted the book at Rush Hour, where you can conveniently order it by mail.

Let me also mention The Art of Partying from the Parra Soundsystem. This is a collection of re-edits from Tom Trago, Piet Parra and the rest of the team. I have some mixed feelings (ABBA?!) about this, but chances are there’s something in it for you! Plus it’s a free download.

Dub Echoes out soon on DVD

Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Natal is the director of Dub Echoes, a documentary about the history of Jamaican dub music and its influence on contemporary electronic music. Featured musicians include Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Jammy, Sly & Robbie, U-Roy, Kode 9, Mad Professor, Howie B, Bill Laswell and many more!

This award-winning film will be available on DVD for the very first time on May 11th, 2009. You can pre-order it already from Soul Jazz Records.

(thanks Cubikmusik)

Domu Promo Mix April 09

TrebleO founder Dominic Stanton, musician of many disguises and extraordinary DJ, has posted another of his much sought-after mixtapes – and it’s a big one! A new Domu album will be out on Tru Thoughts real soon, so this is the perfect warm-up!

Domu Promo Mix April 09 (download)
01. Oriol – LW
02. Chris Barker – Space Helmet
03. Dujin Douglas – Zuid
04. Blackjoy – Apollo Funk
05. L’Aroye – Love Dub
06. Clyde – Roll Of The Beats (Atjazz Remix)
07. Yameen – Light Of Love (MdCL Mix)
08. Souled – Sweet Nothings
09. Seiji – Ravin A
10. EL-B – Express
11. Klic – Kerone Karaoke

Limited to only 100 downloads, better hurry up!

Should be up for a while now!

Beats in Space with Henrik Schwarz & Âme

For the latest Beats in Space radio-show, host Tim Sweeney invited Innervisions artists Henrik Schwarz and Âme‘s Frank Wiedemann. I havn’t yet downloaded the show myself, but I guess the tracklist speaks for itself.

Henrik Schwarz (live)
01. Equinox – Code 718 (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
02. Detroit Experiment – Think Twice (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
03. Henrik Schwarz – Untitled
04. Kuniyuki – Dear African Sky (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
05. Visti & Meyland – Yes Maam (All Nite Long) (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
06. Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band – Man Of War (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
07. Omar feat. Stevie Wonder – I’m Feeling You (Henrik Schwarz Remix)

Âme DJ Set
01. Âme – Setsa
02. Herbert – Birds
03. Anton Zap – Deeper
04. Pressure System – Voices From Planet Love
05. Robert Dietz – B1
06. Mood II Swing – Slippery Track
07. ? – ?
09. ? – ? (Âme Remix)
10. Crowdpleaser – Feelings (Kalabrese Remix)

You can both download or stream the show, just follow this link!e

Computer Paul EP

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Forgive my ignorance, but I’m gonna pretend there was only one track on this new EP from Computer Paul. It’s not that the other tracks are any bad, but they are covered deeply by the shadows of this huge track called Does It? For the 30th release in the Bagpak Solo Series, Computer Paul teamed up with veteran soul singer Michelle Amador, who was recently featured on the album from Bagpak’s Yellowtail.

The first tune coming to mind to which Does It? compares is 1Luv‘s Black Daylight, which was released through Suntzu Sound a couple of years back. Lush vocals and warm grooving keys are the main ingredients, rounded up by soft broken beats. Sounds like a simple formula – and it is, but that’s all it took to make this wonderful tune.01. Buffalo Soldier
02. Does It? (Peter Munch remix)
03. Definite Indefinite (original mix)
04. Does It?
05. Does It? (Peter Munch re-edit)

There are two remixes of that track, both coming from New York’s Peter Munch. The re-edit adds some extra percussion and a guitar to the original, while the house remix aims clearly at the dancefloor.

I think this will be a download-only release, that should come out on April 30th. You can pre-order it at Juno Digital or wait a couple of days and get it directly from Bagpak!

FACT Mix by Paul White

When it comes to Paul White, things are moving pretty fast. Shortly after the review of One Eye Open EP, FACT Magazine mentioned Paul’s upcoming debut album. It’s called The Strange Dreams of Paul White and will be out in May on One-Handed Music. Well, and today FACT offers another of its great mixtapes – and it comes from no other than, of course, Paul White!


FACT Mix #43 (download)
01. Ian Lloyd & Stories – Hard When You’re So Far Away
02. The Cecil Holmes Orchestra – Pillow Talk
03. Rhinoceros – Apricot Brandy
04. Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds – Things Yet To Come
05. Fairport Convention – Autopsy
06. Myriam Makeba – Kadeya Deya
07. Eek-A-Mouse – Unknown
08. Barrington Levy – Under Me Dub
09. Dennis Brown – Children Of Israel
10. The Possie – Betcha Dub
11. Todd Rundgren – If Six Was Nine
12. Lenny White – Pursuit
13. Planet Gong – New Age Transformation Try: No More Sages
14. SBB – Pamiec W Kamien Wrasta
15. Zodiac – The Other Side Of Heaven
16. Roland Rat Superstar – Rat Rappin Instrumental
17. Paul White – Juicy & Sweet
18. Paul White – Synth March
19. Paul White – A Weird Day
20. Paul White – Trying To Tell You
21. Paul White – Who’s Laughing
22. The Tubes – Pimp
23. Laboratorium – Ikona
24. Diga Rhythm Band – Magnificent Sevens
25. Dave Liebman – Goli Dance
26. Jaylib – Champion Sound
27. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
28. Utopia – The Ikon

There’s reason to hurry up this time, FACT now hosts the mixtapes on their own servers, but only for as long as one week!

Martyn – Great Lengths

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I don’t recall a record this year that was nearly as anticipated as Martyn‘s debut longplayer Great Lengths. The album is officially out since yesterday and it’s set to change the perception of dubstep forever. For those of you who are critical towards dubstep, this could turn out to be the first album in your collection, as it’s the yet best proof for the genre’s versatility.

In contrast to Benga or Skream, who seem to compete over the sickest sounding synths or the heaviest bassline, Martyn creates a deep organic sound. The mood of the album compares more to the sound of Appleblim or his label, Apple Pips, which incidentally started with a record from Martyn. As a result, you get a warm and rich sound, at times revealing its Detroit techno influence, making it work on both dancefloor and headphones.01. The Only Choice *
02. Krdl-T-Grv *
03. Right? Star!
04. Seventy Four
05. Little Things *
06. Vancouver *
07. These Words (feat. Dbridge)
08. Bridge *
09. Elden St.
10. Far Away
11. Hear Me
12. Is This Insanity (feat. Spaceape)
13. Brilliant Orange *
14. Natural Selection *

* CD exclusive tracks While my personal favourites include Elden St., Far Away and Natural Selection, the two vocal tracks deserve special mention. Dbridge‘s soulful vocals turn These Words into a classic single with potential for major radio airplay. Longtime Kode 9-collaborator Spaceape sounds refreshingly different on Is This Insanity?, not that I ever disliked his distinct voice.

The order and blending of all tracks, completed by two beatless compositions,  turn Great Lengths into something bigger than the sum of its tracks. However, this applies only to the CD version, as some of the tracks are missing on vinyl,  including the standout tracks  (Vancouver and Natural Selection were previously released on 12-inch).

Juno Records currently delivers both, the CD and the triple LP for free, a download is also available.

Apr 22, 2009 Martyn lists his favourite records for the Best of Bleep charts!

Weekly Bits 16/2009

My favourite free track this week comes from Greymatter, who reworked Azymuth‘s Carambola. The track was remixed by Mark Pritchard and Roc Hunter back in the year 2000 and this new version brings back some memories.

Jonny Miller was so kind to send me a copy of the latest Jus’Listen digital release. I had no time to review it, but can still recommend giving it a try. It features two tracks from Daco and Chimpo, the latter being a favourite!

For the last 10 years, Mark “Snowboy” Cotgrove has been working on a book about the Jazz Dance scene in the UK. On 300 pages, From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz features many interviews, photos and other documents from the seventies to the mid-nineties. The book is out now!

There are two more bits from the previous week I don’t want to leave unmentioned. Remix Magazine did an interview with Harmonic 313‘s Mark Pritchard, focusing on more techy things like the production process of the album When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence. Should be an interesting read for all you producers out there! Another interview comes from Evil Monito Magazine, who had the chance to speak to legendary DJ Bob Jones.

Paul White – One Eye Open EP

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I think I can already tell the next release of the week! It’s coming from a young London based beatmaker going by the name of Paul White. He hasn’t been on my radar since his guestmix for Mary Anne Hobbs‘ show, but my love for his music grew with every track.

So here is One Eye Open, the second 12-inch from One-Handed Music. There is not a single track to dislike, and it’s quite versatile as well. The title track has vocal elements reminding of the Flying Lotus, while the second track is more like Dabrye‘s instrumental work. But enough comparisons, Paul White skilfully combines vintage synths with crisp beats and many layers of atmospheric, spaced-out samples. As a bonus, you get a remix from his label mate Bullion.

01. One Eye Open
02. Alien Nature
03. Time Wars
04. Phone Pest
05. Hustle (Bullion Remix)

This highly recommend 12-inch is already available from Rush Hour, a download is also available. If you’re looking for more of Paul’s work, be sure to check out his other releases or download his beat tapes (links on his MySpace).

FACT Mix by Roland Appel

Sonar Kollektiv’s Roland Appel has already recorded under the names of Fauna Flash, Trüby Trio and more recently his own. He’s also an excellent DJ and will be playing at London’s Plastic People this Friday.

Roland Appel

Whether you need a taster or there’s no way you’ll be in London for the party, FACT Magazine has a deep house mixtape from Roland. Unfortunately, there’s no tracklist for this one, but expect to hear tracks from Henrik Schwarz, Moodymann, Nôze and more!

A Shirt and its Designer

Unless you follow me on Twitter, you most likely don’t know about the t-shirts yet! The idea was simply to offer some shirts for fans of this blog. Also, I have been a huge fan of São Paulo based artist Rubens LP for many years already. As Rubens was so kind to actually do a design for a shirt, I wanted to feature his work on this site.

Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Rubens, 28 years, I live in São Paulo-Brazil and I’m a graphic artist.

How did you end up doing what you’re doing?
I’m uneducated. Or almost. I studied Industrial Design for three years, but did not finish the university course. Also attended to some other drawing courses, when I was a kid.

What is your inspiration and how do you usually come up with a design?
It emerges all of a sudden, a fixed idea that takes place in my head. I keep visualizing for days, and then I sit on my chair and transmit to “paper”. Being inspired is a pleasant sensation. A euphoria that takes over my body and my thoughts. I feel young, fresh, renewed, and strong, when inspired.

I can provoke inspiration by seeing art, or observing nature’s charm. But I don’t wait for inspiration to create. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”, said Picasso. I paint because it makes me feel good and is the only thing I do right in life. I paint to forget about myself.

Any future projects to look out for?
I’ve been drawing animals, and think of it as a catalogue of species of Brazilian fauna. It excites me a lot, and keeps me inspired for a lot of time. Until it turns into a real catalogue, it can take years, maybe decades. Our fauna is infinite.

Another project, more advanced, is a book of feminine nudes and sex scenes. I have drawings enough for a book, and need an editor, but am too lazy for the search. Maybe it also takes decades until the book turns into reality.

How do people get in touch with you?
Visit my site and drop me a line.

Apart from his private website, you can find Rubens’ commercial work on FluxusCentral.

The thing I know for sure is that I’d ask Rubens to do my cover artwork, if I was doing my own music. Well, I don’t even play the triangle, but maybe you got the skill and share my love for Ruben’s work.

nutriot.com Shirt

So, let’s talk about the shirts! They are available in many colors from Spreadshirt and cost only $24,99. I’m not planning to get rich with this, but I hope I can keep this site running and improve it over the years to come. Thanks for your support!

Tom Trago's Voyage Direct Video

A music video to featured album Voyage Direct by Tom Trago has been produced by Circus Family. It was directed by Vincent van de Waal and Wouter Westen and was first played at the release party at Trouw Amsterdam.

via Nalden

Seiji Mixtape & Free Tracks

Ever since Seiji (Bugz in the Attic) produced bits of the Róisín Murphy album, it has gotten quiet around his own music. Well, I just found his website on which he got a mixtape for download and also two brand new tracks.

Seiji – Ravin A
Novalima – Yo Voy (Seiji Remix)

Further mixtapes should follow on a monthly basis, I will keep you posted!